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Because We’re Running Out of Resources, Government Must Manage Them

MAX BORDERS, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 2 Milton Friedman once said, “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert,...

Government has been spoiling stuff since well before the TSA

JEFFREY A. TUCKER, THE FREEMAN You know the old myth about the meat-packing industry. In 1906, Upton Sinclair came out with his book The Jungle,...

Socialism: A Barren System

AMERICANIST ESSAYS, LEONARD E. READ Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, March 01, 1963 Socialism is just as surely state ownership and/or control of the means...

Individualism Verses Communism—Clarence Carson

THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, February 01, 1963 There is no difficulty today in get­ting assent to the...

Hayek: Free Market Money

F.A. HAYEK, THE FREEMAN   I have always defended the gold standard, and later fixed exchange rates, not because I thought they resulted in particularly...

The Lesson

BY HENRY HAZLIT Economics In One Lesson, Chapter 1 Economics is haunted by more fallacies than any other study known to man. This is no...

Herbert Spencer: Principles Are Inflexible

HERBER SPENCER, THE FREEMAN Extracted from Social Statics. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1865. Make a hole through a principle to admit a solitary exception,...

Preface: Economics in One Lesson — Henry Hazlit

BY HENRY HAZLITT Economics in One Lesson: Preface This book is an analysis of economic fallacies that are at last so prevalent that they have almost...

The World Needs More Energy, Not Less

PAUL C. "CHIP" KNAPPENBERGER, CATO INSTITUTE This week, a few major media outlets covered my take on the effectiveness and judiciousness of President Obama’s call,...

The War on Poverty After 50 Years

ROBERT RECTOR, RACHEL SHEFFIELD, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract In his January 1964 State of the Union address, President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed, “This administration today, here and now,...

The Free Market Ignores the Poor – Clichés of Progressivism

LEONARD E. READ, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 7 Once an activity has been socialized for a spell, nearly everyone will concede that that’s the...

Where’s the Beef? Canada!

Love of country doesn’t mean one must also love the IRS STEWART DOMPE, ADAM C. SMITH, THE FREEMAN Burger King has acquired Tim Horton’s for $11.4...

Edwards’ Law of Cost Doubling

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Large government projects often double in cost between when they are first considered and when they are finally completed. This pattern—call...

How to Lose a Constitution—Lessons from Roman History

LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN I begin with this remark of the celebrated Roman historian Livy, written 2,000 years ago: There is an exceptionally beneficial and...

Booker T. Washington: Cast Down Your Bucket Where You Are

American Debate In September, 1895, Booker T. Washington—of the Tuskegee Institute—addresses the Atlanta Exposition.   To those of my race who depend on bettering their condition in...

Keep Them Down, Keep Them Dependent

ISAAC M. MOREHOUSE, THE FREEMAN Let’s face it. I’m not that young anymore. I’m also not poor anymore, and I live a comfortable middle-class American...

Value Creation vs. Regulation

Let's free city ride services HOWARD BAETJER, JR., THE FREEMAN The benefits of free markets and the problems with government intervention are well illustrated by the...

Equity vs. Excellence. Or…A Crank Phone in Every Home!

ANDREW J. COULSON, CATO INSTITUTE Education secretary Arne Duncan has just announced the Obama administration’s latest initiative to improve educational quality for low-income and minority...

Capitalism Fosters Greed and Government Policy Must Temper It

LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 6 On April 19, 2014, the Colonial Bread store in my town of Newnan, Georgia, closed its...

The More Complex the Society, the More Government Control We Need

LEONARD E. READ, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 4 Argued a college president at a recent seminar: “Your free market, private property, limited government theories...

How Physician Licensing Hurts Medicine & Helps Pseudoscience

DANIEL J. BIER, THE FREEMAN In 1900, average life expectancy in the United States was just 47 years, and one in ten children died before...

How Physician Licensing Hurts Medicine & Helps Pseudoscience

DANIEL J. BIER, THE FREEMAN In 1900, average life expectancy in the United States was just 47 years, and one in ten children died before...

Compulsion Is Not Cooperation

Market competition expands cooperative arrangements among people GARRY M. GALLES, THE FREEMAN If you ask people whether competition or cooperation is better, almost everybody picks cooperation....

Of the Natural and Market Price of Commodities – Adam Smith

An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, 1776 2013-2014 Internet Edition by Steve Farrell BOOK I. OF THE CAUSES...

The Big-Box Effect

How superstores create unsung benefits for Main Street MAX BORDERS, THE FREEMAN Asheville, North Carolina, is beautiful. Mountains, like the topography in Tolkien, surround an architectural...

10 Guiding Principles for Agriculture Policy: A Free-Market Vision

DAREN BAKST, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Agriculture has changed dramatically over the past 80 years, yet farm and commodity programs are Depression-era relics that are grounded in...

The Real Class Warfare In America Today

MARK W. HENDRICKSON Those who believe in individual rights and liberty always have tended to reject the Marxian paradigm that pits the rich against the...

Eliminating poverty and reducing inequality

Is a guaranteed minimum income the answer? BY TRACY C. MILLER, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Recently, some commentators have been promoting the idea of...

Equality Serves the Common Good

LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism #3 “Free people are not equal, and equal people are not free.” I wish I could remember who first...

The Bonsai and the Candy Bag

SANDY IKEDA, THE FREEMAN It’s natural to pay attention to something that has a high market value, but to take little notice of something of...